Directors Guild of Nigeria to Penalize Erring Members Guilty of Rape

The Directors Guild of Nigeria (DGN) has set up a committee to investigate and penalize rape-related cases report among its members.

In a memo signed by the Secretary of the DGN Uche Agbo and sent to its members, the Guild bemoaned the spate of rape-related matters among producers and directors that have been accused of sexual harassments, sexual assaults molestations and outright rape allegations.

The document which was contents of decisions reached by the DGN from an emergency meeting held recently stipulated that in order for film industry stakeholders to curb the menace of sexual harassment, rape and/or sex for roles, the DGN will investigate, probe and determine deterrent penalties and punitive measures for offenders.

Directors Guild of Nigeria to Penalize Erring Members Guilty of Rape
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The Directors Guild of Nigeria condemned rape in its entirety within and outside of Nollywood industry and termed the act, derogatory and criminal as no one deserves to be raped, irrespective of the circumstances.

The Guild urged anyone with information of any individual being harassed sexually by any director in Nollywood to send in a report via email to speakout@dgn.org.ng OR speakouttodgn@gmail.com. The email will be dedicated to these reports 24/7 confidential email address to entertain reports, petitions and complaints.

It added however that every reported case will be treated with the utmost confidentiality.

The Directors Guild of Nigeria charged the committee to raise an intra-Guild campaign to educate its members on the implications of such barbaric acts as well place a premium on active participation in its activities to stop rape and sexual harassment in Nollywood.

During the emergency meeting, the DGN set up a 5-man committee to see to issues surrounding rape, to receive complaints and petitions, investigate and recommend actions.

Members of the Sexual Offences Committee are; Pat Oghre (Chairman), Remi Ibinola (Secretary), Tope Oshin, Francis Onwochei and Tony Akposheri.

The Directors Guild of Nigeria was founded in 1999 out of the need to meet member’s welfare in key areas such as copyright infringements, poor remunerations, inadequate welfare, and poor crediting. It was founded by 6 members who met and burdened themselves with the concern for the unprofessional treatment of Directors in the emerging Nollywood. The DGN celebrated its 20 years anniversary in 2019.

The Memo from the DGN secretariat reads:

MEMO FROM THE DGN SECRETARIAT

Gravely concerned and alarmed by the sad development in the creative industry, especially in Nollywood, where Producers and Directors have been called out for sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual molestation and rape.

Directors’ Guild of Nigeria (DGN) has risen from a crucial emergency meeting and immediately resolved to:

  1. Set up a panel of inquiry in order to investigate various sexual harassments and rape accusations against members.
  2. Investigate, probe and determine deterrent penalties and punitive measures for offenders.
  3. Seek and Support every initiative of well-meaning industry stakeholders to curb the menace of sexual harassment, rape and/or sex for roles.
  4. Open a dedicated 24/7 confidential email address to entertain reports, petitions and complaints.
  5. Raise an Intra-Guild campaign to educate our members on the implications of such barbaric acts and participate in Inter Guild activities to stop rape and sexual harassment in Nollywood.
  6. Anyone who has information or has ever been harassed sexually by any director in Nollywood is encouraged to send in a report to speakout@dgn.org.ng OR speakouttodgn@gmail.com. Cases will be treated with ultimate confidentiality
  7. The DGN constituted Sexual Offences Committee  is  as follows:

1)Pat Oghre (Chairman)

2)Remi Ibinola (Secretary)

3)Tope Oshin

4) Francis Onwochei

5)Tony Akposheri

  1. The Committee is to receive complaints and petitions, investigate and recommend actions

DGN uses this opportunity to vehemently condemn rape in its entirety within and outside of the Film Industry. It is a derogatory and criminal act and no one deserves to be raped, regardless of the circumstances.

Signed.

Uche Agbo, National Secretary

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